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US food retail market: Slower, negative growth — and Wal-Mart
Food Navigator-USA
Does size matter? The answer is yes, if you're supplying the U.S. food retail market, with new data revealing that food and beverage manufacturers turning over less than $1 billion have grown volumes by an average of 3.6 percent in the year to date, while those turning over $1 billion to $5 billion saw volumes slide 0.5 percent and those turning over more than $5 billion saw volumes slump 3 percent. More
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Regulation of junk food advertising has minimal impact
Medical Xpress
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that regulations introduced to reduce children's exposure to junk food advertising have not had a significant impact. More
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Valley farmers fear 'modified' wording in Prop. 37
The Fresno Bee
California's Central Valley edible crops are grown without genetic engineering, but farmers here still fear a ballot initiative aimed at labeling food that has been genetically modified, saying it could make it harder to sell their products.

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    The 6 reasons Mitt Romney won the 1st debate
    The Washington Post
    Most everyone agrees: Mitt Romney won the first debate of the 2012 presidential election. A CNN/Opinion Research poll showed 67 percent of viewers thought Romney won, while just 25 percent said the same of President Barack Obama. And a CBS poll showed 46 percent of undecided voters said Romney won, compared to 22 percent who said Obama won. While Romney's workman-like performance may have lacked one single big moment, there were a lot of reasons he came out ahead.

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    Not debatable: Obama stumbles
    POLITICO
    It had been nearly 1,400 days since Barack Obama strode onto a debate stage — and it showed in a major way Wednesday at the first presidential debate of 2012. More
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    Democrats' ad blitz puts Romney camp on the spot
    USA Today
    President Barack Obama is outspending Mitt Romney on advertising in almost every battleground state, putting pressure on Romney to unleash a late spending surge. More
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    New Jersey schools see increase in breakfast, but lag nationally
    The Associated Press via Courier Post
    The number of low-income children who receive breakfast in New Jersey schools each day has dramatically increased, according to a new report released Tuesday, but the state still lags far behind nationally. There was a 21 percent increase in the number of low-income students eating breakfast at school from October 2010 to March 2012, according to Advocates for Children of New Jersey, which released the report. More
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    UN: World food prices rise, remain close to crisis level
    Reuters
    World food prices rose in September and are seen remaining close to levels reached during the 2008 food crisis, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, while cutting its forecast for global cereal output. More
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    EFSA: GM cancer paper not a valid study
    European Food Safety Authority
    The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that a recent paper raising concerns about the potential toxicity of genetically modified maize NK603 and of a herbicide containing glyphosate is of insufficient scientific quality to be considered as valid for risk assessment. EFSA's initial review found that the design, reporting and analysis of the study, as outlined in the paper, are inadequate. More
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    FSIS compiles summary of non-O157 STEC technology
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    In an effort to increase public and industry awareness of available new technologies associated with the implementation of FSIS' non-O157 Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli policy, FSIS is providing a summary table describing the non-O157 STEC test methods that FSIS has received and reviewed and for which it has issued no-objection letters. More
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    FSIS to propose new mechanically tenderized label rules
    Meatingplace
    USDA expects to propose new labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized meat products, including validated cooking instructions, in the next few months, according to a Food Safety and Inspection Service official. More
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    How Campbell's CEO is thinking outside the can
    Advertising Age
    When Denise Morrison took over the top job at Campbell Soup Co. a little more than a year ago, she asked herself: How do you get a 140-year-old company with almost a 60 market share in soup to innovate? The company had great margins and cash flow, but slow growth — and driving profitable net sales growth requires innovation, she told a breakfast audience at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif. More
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    Kraft's Rosenfeld talks food fights, trademarks and power
    Advertising Age
    Speaking the day after she split her business into two separate publicly traded companies — a global snacks business named Mondelez International and a North American grocery business called Kraft Foods Group — Irene Rosenfeld shared her insights from the split at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif. More
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    Safeway, Wal-Mart, others join XL Foods recall list
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    As the recalls traced to an E. coli contamination at XL Foods continues, stores including Safeway and Wal-Mart have been added to the list of locations recalling various beef products.

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    Oregon, Washington unite for regional food projects
    The Oregonian
    Concerns about new food safety requirements, developing trade options in Southeast Asia and struggling local flower sales are bringing Oregon and Washington agricultural leaders together for three separate projects funded by federal grant money. More
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    Antimicrobial packaging targets Listeria
    Food Production Daily
    Researchers have found packaging with an oxygen scavenger or carbon dioxide generator can inhibit the growth of Listeria on ready-to-eat meat. More
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    Fast food linked to lower IQ
    NetDoctor
    A study of children from Scotland has found a potential link between a high frequency of fast food meals and a reduced level of intelligence. More
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    Canada to invest in food transportation upgrades
    Meat & Poultry
    The Canadian government is investing more than $420,000 in the Canadian Trucking Alliance as part of an initiative aimed at ensuring proper handling and reducing the risk of food contamination during transport. More
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    Healthy Choice adds baked entrees
    PR Newswire via Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer
    To meet consumers' desires for better-tasting, healthy comfort food, Healthy Choice is introducing a new line of baked entrees that deliver classic comfort foods without sacrificing on taste or nutrition. More
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